Junior netball celebrates 12 teams in comp
DOUGLAS Netball Association finished their season off on a great note this year. Twelve teams took part in our competition. The Under 10s Div, played in participation games with all of our players receiving participation trophies. Best and Fairest, Players Choice and Most Improved, up for grabs.
Under 10s Best and Fairest went to Emma Brown, Players Choice went to Baxan Aston Dillan and Most improved went to Hayley Newman.
Under 12s played off in the grand final with Blue Lightning VS Panthers. It was a very intense game with Blue Lightning taking out the win by 1 point. Player of the Grand Final was Beau-Lily Jenkins. Best and fairest went to Janice Burcombe, Players Choice went to Bella Musset and Most Improved to Evie Cotton. Intermediates: The grand final was between Young Sapphires and Pythons. Sapphires came out with a great lead, and continued playing solidly winning 25-11. Player of the Grand Final went to Kate Padovan. Best and Fairest went to Kate Padovan, Players Choice was Heidi Pashen and this Most Improved went to Claire Dueble. Thank you to all of the coaches and umpires who helped out through out the season.
This year Douglas Netball ran a development program for 12s, 14s and 18s coached by Jodi Francis and Kirsty McKay. This led to teams being selected to the Junior Marlins.
Three of our athletes – Jenna Kerswell, Georgia McCarthy and Kyah Francis – were chosen to travel to Brisbane, which involved specialised coaching, program and game play.
Douglas Netball also chose three teams to represent our shire at a representative carnival with our 12s and 14s coming runners up in the region.
These teams also participated in an inter-town competition in Mareeba, with our Under 12s coming out undefeated winners. Our Under 14s and 18s both were runners up in the grand final. Ella Cairns from the Under 12s received Players Choice and player of the grand final. The Under 14s was Jorja Connor and for the 18s it was Lana Baxter.
Thank you to our coaches, managers and umpires. Sharon Beechy, Kath Baxter, Kirsty McKay, Alex Heidke, Jody Francis and Lana Baxter. Thank you to our dedicated committee for their hours and hours of hard work.
Special mention to Cassandra Cairns, who ran our canteen, and bus monitors Sasha Loweinstein Jones, Lana and Kacy Baxter. Thanks to our committee: Sharon Beechy, Kath Baxter, Cass Cairns, Treveen Page, Alex Heidke, Liz Ryan and Nichelle Pitt.